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obama is at the white house most of this week. he is in miami on friday. in new york, the un secretary general congratulating the secretary -- security council in taking a united stand against libya. slapping sanctions on the libyaan leader, his family, and assisted. the white house is urging the leader to leave as soon as possible. in wisconsin, the budget battle continues. good morning for this sunday, february 27. if you could advise the president to sit down with one person, who would that be? 202-737-0001 our line for republicans and 202-737-0002 for democrats and if you are an independent, the number to call is 202-628-0205. a look at some of the headlines from outside washington. in madison, wisconsin, saturday's gathering the largest so far as 70,000 demonstrated against the budget cuts. the headline is -- the anatomy of a protest. meanwhile, from the pittsburgh post gazette, obama urges gadhafi to quit. many believe the changes could herald a new dawn of a new epoch after centuries of humiliation in the arab world. the "chicago tribune", rahm emanuel prepares to take over as t
copyright national cable satellite corp. 2011] host: president obama speaking yesterday at the white house weighing in on the situation in egypt. welcome to "washington journal" this february 2, 2011. the latest news from the associated press says the egyptian military is calling for an end to more than a week of demonstrations demanding that mubarak step down immediately after nearly 30 years in power. last night the president of egypt says he would not seek office again but fell short of protesters hope that he will step down. looking at coverage at how editorial boards and pundits are waiting and, "usa today" has this to say. our question for you this egypt headedis toward democracy? the phone numbers to call -- we all -- also have a phone line set up for -- shin-americans. 628-0184. and you can email us. let us take a look at what "usa today" has to say about what is happening in the egypt. do you think egypt is truly heading toward democracy? fort wayne, indiana, on the republican line. caller: egypt to democracy -- like the democracy jimmy carter helped set up in iran in the 1970's.
, we saw president obama unveiled his 2012 budget proposal. if you go to, we have a budget page available. you can look back /budget. with events we have been covering -- hearings. all of it can be found there. we also have a list of amendments for this 2011 spending bill debated in the house. if you are interested in who has to file amendments and what issue, go to, and there you can find a list of amendments. upper marlboro, maryland. libya is a moderate. what do you think? caller: i think there should be moderation and all things. part of the problem is half of the legislators are working on the budget cuts -- and the other half should be working on the jobs bill. it is a no-brainer, if you put people back to work it will make a dent in the deficit. 15 million people unemployed? they would be paying taxes, federal and state taxes, buying appliances and spending money. and another thing that irritates me, when they talk about entitlements. i worked 30 years for my civil service retirement, standing out in the rain and cold and sleet and snow, five degre
: good morning, and welcome to "washington journal" on this monday, february 7, 2011. president obama will -- the chamber of commerce today for the first time as commander in chief. we will carry that live this morning on c-span at 11:30 a.m. our question to start "washington journal" -- should president obama court of the business community? the numbers to call -- let's take a look at a peace in "usa today" talking about the president's address at the chamber of commerce. obama faces business leaders. host: should the president of the business community? matt, caller from manhattan. what do you think the president should do here? caller: i think he ought to stand up to the business community once and for all. big business, corporations, don't pay taxes. corporations write their own regulations. the regulation is there should be no regulation. they are masters at obtaining what they once a through the government'. and if president obama had any hutzpah backbone, he would be in their face and represent the individual taxpayer. again, thank you for c-span. host: caller from illinois. we
of corruption, corruption, corruption. these countries love the united states and sent to obama election attitude have been changed. they love president obama and they wish they had a president like obama. now it is time for the u.s. to get rid of all of the governments of the middle east and u.s. set up in the democracy and all of these countries. people of the middle east are tired of islam and have no problem with the state of israel. the u.s. has all the resources to do so. we have plenty educated people in these countries working and living in these countries. we love the u.s. for what it stands for. u.s. can use these people to set up a fair and democratic -- democratic government. host: we need you to wrap up. caller: the only thing i am trying to tell you, the american people should realize the people in this part of the world are tired. i go back and forth and whenever i go -- because of corruption, retaliation, everything. host: steve, what got to let you go. his main message -- the people in that region of the world are tired. the next phone call is from alexandria, virginia.
of the union address, president obama only pointed out one program he was going to cut. that was the community action programs. if i understand it thashgsz the program that helps low income people in the country. there are more poor people right now than ever in america. i don't understand why tax cuts for the rich go so smoothly. and the president cuts for poor people. thank you. >> jacob luie points out that the president makes tough choices. >> on the independent line, how deep should the budget cuts go? caller: pretty deep. i agree with reagan's old budget consider direct or the tax cuts are silly too. he said we have to increase taxes. it is not going to be able to get us where we want to go. leif: give us a call. or join on line at twitter domenici/c-span wj or send us an email throughout the morning. a caller from niceville, georgia. good morning. this country became very rich and wealthy on the back of the poor and slafs. this problem we have now is again being paid by the poor. it is going back to the sim way it has always been. i am not born here but i am an american. accept it has
"washington journal" is next. . . host: we want to get your thoughts this morning on the obama administration's approach to egypt, what they have done and what they have said so far. the phone numbers are on the screen for you. we have a fourth line for egyptians living in the united states. before we get to your phone calls and hear more from the white house, jim michaels joined us on the phone. jim michaels, "usa today" military writer and he is in egypt. mr. michaels, can you set the scene for us? what is it like? guest: it is a massive protest. what has been remarkable over the past couple of days is just the fact that both sides, despite the tension and the numbers of people and all the risks, both the army and the people protesting have avoided, until now, any confrontation or violence. there are thousands of people pouring into tahrir square. the chanting is going on. it's almost like a festival atmosphere. some people have their faces painted with the egyptian national colors. people are bringing kids in some cases. there's a lot of chanting going on. there's a couple effigies of muba
. host: thank you for your call. earmjarks if they are not made in congress, does obama get to direct spending? back-to-back "the new york times. next is a caller from dallas, texas, good morning, independent line. caller: is this for me? good morning. i don't have too much to said. i have a comment. i just want to say that i don't know too much about these politics. the question i have is why is everything having to do with the poor have to be cut concerning how the poor. i believe that people want to work and we need jobs here in america. this is like our birthright of america has been deeded over to foreigners. this is our country first. it is not that they are not welcome here. you want to believe that the president has a heart, that he is cutting the most important things. you just don't know with the gop power and the conservative people that are constantly on him. for those who are tired of the poor, let us have the training to have the wall street jobs. i'm sure it would not take too much to catch on making lots of money. thank you very much. host: here is another point -- nex
, michigan, an arab- american. your perspective? >> i have watched the news very diligently. barack obama has a very high approval rating internationally. and there is a large cast in the cia. by friends and i feel that this is an effort by the obama administration and the cia. that they are behind these uprisings. i am very happy and have confidence in the days event and what he is doing. i know that this whole episode is an effort to free middle eastern dictatorship. we are very happy here. dinky. -- thank you. host: where are you from, originally? caller: arabia. host: rachel is a democrat from beaufort, south carolina. good morning. caller: good morning. how are you? host: i am all right. caller: we went into iraq and killed 4000 and lost 4000 of our people. with my children were there. we killed over 100,000 people in that country. now, here we go again. you have got people sleeping outdoors. you have not even clean up new orleans. but let's go and do some more killing. the united states lies in their hands are dripping in blood. i pray that we change and leave people alone. post of febr
and coming up this hour, virginia congressman gerry connolly will talk about president obama's speech to the chamber of commerce. then louisiana congressman, cassidy. he practices medicine in baton rouge and alexander young on the global economy and the u.s. stock market. this is "washington journal." . . host: let's begin with "the hill " newspaper. what are your thoughts on this? do companies have a responsibility to the u.s. workers? independentsif you look at "thel times" headlines on this -- "obama urges executives to share perks." let's listen to what president obama had to say on this yesterday at the chamber of commerce. take a listen. >> your responsibility goes beyond recognizing the need for certain standards of safeguards. if we're fighting to reform the tax code and increase exports to help you compete, the benefits cannot just translate into greater profits and bonuses for those of the top. they have to be shared by american workers who need to know that expanding trade and opening markets will whip their standards of living as well as your bottom line. we canno
the obama administration, which is absolutely disheartening to me. i was hoping that the patriot act would get a review first thing when he was elected and there was a democratic majority. in both houses. but that didn't happen. we are just going to have to wait and see it and get the test in the courts, which i am very proud to say is being led by the librarians of this country. host: a court case currently? caller: i am sure it is working its way up. another was a connecticut four, i think they were called, four different librarians in connecticut that got nsl's and fought them. host: can you tell us how it works when the library receives a national security letter? not so many times necessarily but how does it work. caller: an agent will come in with and nsl and they will present it to whomever is at the desk, circulation desk, and, let's say, your library records -- everything you have read and records of all your internet access. that clerk then must turn over whatever is available. now, most automatic purge is simply go back about two weeks. host: the fbi does not have software to ge
-737-0002, and independents, 202-628-0205. here is one of the headlines in "the washington post". "obama and congress had for face-off. shut down possible" senate and house are at odds. "the debate over the size and scope of the government now moves to the senate where leaders have said that the house plan which was adopted in the wee hours cuts too deep, and they are planning a far more modest proposal. with the senate of a recession all next week, senators have given themselves just a few days. given the tight time frame, it is unlikely the two chambers can agree on a compromise. if they do not, the government will shut down or congressional leaders will have to agree on a temporary measure for is water a couple oflittle as a weeks" john boehner says he will not include another extension unless it includes significant cuts." here is what nancy pelosi, the minority leader, had to say about the potential for a government shutdown. >> in recent days, we have heard talk about a government shutdown. let's remove all doubt. we all have a responsibility to make sure that there is no government shutdown. the l
captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2011] host: president obama unveils the 2012 budget blueprint yesterday -- $3.70 trillion. he says it will reduce the deficit by $1.10 trillion over 10 years. by comparison, the deficit commission calls for $4 trillion in savings over the same time period. the proposal also includes a five-year spending freeze on non-defense discretionary spending for a savings of $400 billion. in total the president wants to spend $18.7 billion in 2012. good morning on this tuesday morning, february 15, 2011. we will get your reaction to the proposed cuts and spending -- start dialing in now. while the president talked about his budget plan yesterday at an event in baltimore, on capitol hill budget chairman paul ryan responded. >> when i was sworn in as president and pledged to cut the deficit in half by the end of my first term. a the budget i am proposing today need to that pledge and puts us on a path to pay for what we spend by the middle of the decade. we will do that in part by eliminating waste and cutting whatever spending we c
, alabama. good morning. caller: good morning. obama and the democrats would rather borrow and spend rather than tax and spend. it is tearing the state to up. in 2010, the analysts published data saying the entire transaction is -- $5.60 trillion is how much is met. 1.75 -- $1.75 trillion in debt this year. $2 trillion a year in medicare tax because medicare is 50% unfunded. they treating -- it should be increased from 2% to 4% because of the shortfall and another 2% to cover the eight years of debt. that would be 6% on the wages. and on top of that, we have the fannie mae and freddie mac welfare mortgages. people do not have enough money to pay taxes, but they get a welfare mortgage? 50% are the people that cannot even pay tax. and that is $2 trillion per year. add that up and you are coming up with more debt every year in the united states than ever when makes. host: thanks for your call this morning. state senator julie lassa is six months pregnant. she is also the mother of a six and a 3-year-old. last year she endured a grueling race to replace retiring rep. that story this morning fro
the government through september. this bill comes at $100 billion less than president obama wanted for fiscal year 2011 and the final passage wound up with 67 amendments which was down from 583 amendments brady bill passed her to a 35-189. past 235-189. for our first 45 months, we want to get your thoughts on the passage of the spending bill -- for our first 45 minutes, we want to get your thoughts on the passage of the spending bill and its future as it goes to the senate. this is in low of having the government shut down on march 4 reco4. host: these are the numbers if you want to contribute. send us an e-mail at and you can also use a twister. " the washington post"has a breakdown of the amendment. just to give you a flavor of things that were considered, here is a breakdown. lots of amendments on health care and lots of amendments on environmental issues, as well. one thing that was written about this morning in "the new york times," is the personal nature of the cuts. with some of that in mind, we will also take go look at some of the debate last night between legislato
- muammar gaddafi movement. for the most part they are asking for obama, wondering where the americans are. they do not want foreign aggression, but they are looking for more rhetoric moving against muammar gaddafi. he is killing his own people, something people have been very upset about. as far as the self, he said he will fight to the last man. it is very clear that he does not care a great deal about what the international community thinks of him. host: paul schemm, associated press middle east editor, stationed in cairo, reporting to us today from libya. thank you. caller: my pleasure. host: another 10 minutes in this segment. we will continue our discussion regarding the cover story of "the national journal." ratings showing that congress was more polarized last year than any other year since the rankings began. our question has to do with how you think the polarization in congress is affecting the way that congress is getting things done. new hampshire, democratic line. caller: thank you for baking by col. i think that polarizing this absolutely -- thank you for taking my call. i th
. but this country of ours, we are the ones that are bad, and it is a shame the way this government, not just obama, but the rest of the government -- since this started, it pretends it is nice but it plays with these big traders, and when they get what they want from them, they throw them out. host: in the "los angeles times," and 18 day revolution is the 30-year rain and shapes the air -- shakes the arab world. the overthrow was a warning to the icons of power across the middle east. egypt has been the heart of the arab world for centuries. friday's trommel was the message to jordan, yemen, sudan, and other nations in turmoil. if the complacent egypt's can do it, anyone can. back to the phones. banbury, connecticut, go ahead please. danbury, connecticut,,, are you there? caller: yes, i am. i am from cairo, egypt. i am 39 now. host: how you think this will affect the rest of the arab world? caller: i am so proud of the egyptians. i hate to be straightforward, but personally, this may sound terrible, i was expecting to see 1000 egyptians, got rest their poll, lose their life sold. it would've been
the power against the democrats and president obama. they will do anything to kill solar, wind, a battery power. your argument is that everything creates uncertainty. as far as the health care, -- are you going to give the industry to try not that i just mentioned? as far as health care, 80% of americans do not use it and are healthy, but we still play. 20% of americans with health care ususe it. you're talking about approximately 160 million americans that put money in the system, that do not use it. i spent about 6000 dollars a year on health care and do not use it. i believe there should be a medicaid by in program -- buy-in program kurt if you have 160 million people like me, you do the math. it will more than pay for the 40 million people, 50 million people who are using the private health care system. guest: thank you. in terms of the solar, the wind, the battery power, we need it all. the most optimistic projections around the world globally, that is only going to be 10% or 15% of the energy that is being demanded over 40 years from now. it does not -- you're not going to keep the
, everybody is going to be neeling and praying including barack obama at the altar of ronald reagan. and you know that, too. host: hold on. back to the point as far as ms. palin's point as far as what would reagan say about the conservative movement today. caller: it happens to be kicking butt. look around. health care is ours. the deficit issue is ours. i'm talking about political issues. job creation are ours. you know, as far as sara palin, you know, she's a little bit irrelevant except you guys keep working once in a while you try to -- you keep trying to bring her back as an issue. so that you can expose my ideology again, once again torks the hate. i've lived this for 40 years, sir. and i really do think you know exactly what i'm saying . host: washington. robert on our democrat's line. caller: good morning. the reason i called is i'm 65 and i remember ronald reagan all the way back from california he raised taxes until people squeeked in california when he was governor there and a lot of people lost their homes and stuff. but the main thing i remember reagan for was when he was presid
daily tracking began in january of 2008. one more hole from gallup. obama's approval rating on deficit sinks to new low. president obama's approval rating for handling the federal budget deficit has gone from bad to worse in recent months, even as his rating on all other major national issues have generally held steady. currently 27% of americans approve of obama on the deficit, down from 32% in november, while 68% disapprove. it on our republican line is fred in jacksonville, florida. caller: first of all, the first thing that should be cut is all foreign aid should be cut out. all police protection of the armies in germany, all those places, they should pay for their protection. we have been there longer enough. some of these bases should be shut down -- cut off. it is time for them to do their share. the other thing, the u.n. doesn't need to get another dollar and i am tired like the rest of the people -- and the united states is number one, they should be took care of first. and all of this money going abroad would be helping the people here in the united states. host: one of the i
. i think president obama is doing a good job, but i think he should start to move toward idealism and supporting the principles of democracy -- a little bit away from the careful pragmatism and walking the fine line between upsetting this and upsetting that. i think president obama should be an inspiration rather than just somebody who is a wait-and- see. the wait-and-see approach is probably going to hurt the united states in the long run. america always calls for democracy in the middle east. now this unfortunately is there. it is for america to take. if this goes away, i think it will be a huge blow to americans as an advocate for democracy. host: where is your home country? caller: i'm from palestinian parents. i grew up in kuwait. i have been living in the united states for 20 years. host: thank you very much for participating this morning. next is a call from bill, republican. you are on the air. good morning. caller: thank you for c-span. what is next for egypt? i would hope that the egyptians decide and only the egyptians. i would like you to take my comment under consider
>> this morning on "washington journal." a preview of president obama's fiscal 2012 budget. with merrill goozner. and the effectiveness of school choice programs in the u.s. with andrew campanella, senior advisor for the alliance for school choice. and the role the government plays of the mortgage market with john taylor, president of the national community reinvestment coalition. "washington journal" is next. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2011] host: today is budget day, the official white house roll out of the president's spending plan for next fiscal year, fy 2012, which begins in october. $3.70 trillion is the number this year. we are also reading the plan would trim or terminate more than 200 federal programs next year. as the budget plan goes to capitol hill, i want to let you know we will be covering lots of briefings today as folks up there picked apart the budget. we will have it live and taped throughout the day for you today. the deficit figure here in this budget -- $1.10 trillion over
of president obama's cabinet secretaries were on the hill testifying about next year's budget. the senate has also started to weigh in on spending proposals for this year and next year. by the way, it is the second anniversary today of the stimulus bill. there are several moving parts when it comes to spending and budget cuts. right now, much of the action is focused on the house of representatives. this morning on the "washington journal" we want to hear from you on whether the house is on the right track when it comes to federal spending priorities. by the way, you can also send us an e-mail. t. send us a twee joining us on the phone is russell berman, a congressional reporter with "the hill" newspaper. what got accomplished late last night in the house? what is on the agenda for today? guest: the key thing the house accomplished overnight was to complete the reading of the 359- page continuing resolution to fund the government. as they finished reading the bill, there will be a series when they come in this morning, starting as early as 9:45 a.m., therll a series of about a dozen votes on
the government, now certainly, obama is in our old government and mubarak is at his own government and i'm not sure either way if we go with mubarak that it's going to make a difrpbls. i think these people need a lot more than just ousting mubarak or to oust mubarak. host: all right. thank you for calling in this morning barry from the "wall street journal." critiquing the u.s. hitting the streets of cairo with bull horn in hand. the immediate stepping down of mubarak -- despite mohammed el baradei's anti-west red rick, what he has said in the past days are much more new once aed. his facebook page features him shaking hands with obama and mr. obama smiling. another shows him with the secretary of state, hillary clinton. excolleagues say he shared warm relations with some israeli leaders including ariel sharon. more significantly as a young diplomat, mr. al bare dye was part of the team that negotiated the peace settlement between israel and egypt at camp david in 1978. host: you're on the air. what do you think about him being a good ally? caller: i think he's been a good president as f
the president is reacting, president obama speaks out. president obama after initially lending his support to organized labor, has stepped back from the fight. union officials are left divided about his tactics. democratic officials said that with mr. obama heading into a battle over the federal budget, climbing into the say over public-sector collective bargaining could weaken his position as a dealmaker in washington. host: let's go to charlotte, north carolina, john on our republican line. guest: good morning. unions are very important aspect of american employee rights and relations after the post industrial period, early 1900's to stop child labor and other abuses. now we have a better laws to protect individuals against that. the unions have become more of a political arm of the democratic party to basically mandatory fund-raise. the american electorate is hurting because of the state of the economy. they are starting to look at the fact that 15% of the american people are getting particular coddle treatment compared to what they are getting in the private industry. the american popu
of what is happening by the white house and the speaker's office. you can see the headline -- obama joins wisconsin budget battle. here is what brady dennis and peter allsten write -- >> the president get -- age for the president gave an interview to a local station. >> some of what i heard coming out of wisconsin, where you are just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain generally, seems like more of an assault on unions. and i think it is very important to understand that public employees, they are our neighbors, they are our friends. these are folks who are teachers, firefighters, and social workers and police officers. they make a lot of sacrifices and make a big contribution and i think it is important not to vilify them or to suggest somehow that all of the budget problems are due to public employees. host: for his part, the speaker of the house john data released a statement on what is happening in wisconsin and the white house's involvement -- speaker boehner released this statement. he said -- republicans in congress and reform-minded gop governors are dari
confidence as it hits a three-year high. we'll be right back. he shares his thoughts on president obama and is possible run in the 2012 election. 6:30 and 9 p.m. eastern and pacific. i think the system are not operated properly. there are three essential powers the first two powers are meaningless if they are not doing that. see the rest sunday night on c-span's "q&a." with congress in recess see what house members had to say about hr 101. washington journal continues. here to talk to us about consumer confidence hitting a three-year high. what kind of signs are we seeing that lead you to say consumer confidence is up? >> we saw the index that came out a lot of that is the forward looking optimism and unemployment, we saw the numbers go down to 9%. a boost from the payroll tax cut consumer spending is about a large percent of the u.s. gdp. with the number we saw here it is great, we still have a long way to go. we haven't seen those levels since 2007. he said this should be the year that confidence grows job gains will be the catalyst although the broad strength will provide other suppo
. i am not seeing the obama administration any different from the bush administration when it comes to these issues. we do need to drill. we talked about right after 9/11, and it would take about seven or 10 years to get things going. we could have had it going right now along with alternative energy. we could bring in the new and bring a mixture of things. when the democrats go after republicans and vice versa, nothing is going to get done. you have to go after -- some of these things are overregulated. all of the money that we use for subsidy for oil co why don't we use it to make it a temporary until we can go elsewhere? host: obama, who is abreast of events in libya, is considering all appropriate actions as the unrest continues. here is a foreign senior diplomat of the obama administration. they had no alternative to work with allies to pressure libya. we will go to chicago on the independent line. caller: i have a 40 years in this. i want to tell you all of the truth. write google fuel vaporizer and stan meyer and youtube that. write free energy device and steven mark, youtube
mayor? caller: i did not vote for him. i don't like him. i did not like him when obama made in chief of staff and i still don't. i need people to understand -- unions and collective bargaining had nothing to do with the bankrupting of this country. just like social security has nothing to do with this deficit we are running. it was the crux on wall street -- the republicans just will be sent it to the end all of those wall street cronies and corporate buddies like the -- koch brothers and is governor walker, they say the koch brothers, he gave a million dollars to his campaign. it is also a war on women and the middle-class. you notice the unions that he target were primarily made up of women. what you have? -- do you have? teachers, public health workers, crossing guards, office workers? who works in those? low-paid profession is primarily composed of women. the professions that he said, okay, we will examine a few -- police, fire, state patrol, they are primarily made up of men. but i did see a letter from the state patrol saying he was sorry that his union had backed governor walk
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